Wednesday, April 20, 2011
WHEN LIGHTENING STRIKES WITHIN THREE DAYS IN THE SAME PLACE!
We strive to celebrate our Masses and other liturgies in a very dignified, practiced and solemn way. However, on occasion, we have bloopers that test my patience.
At our main Mass for Palm Sunday, four of our altar servers did not show up, which of course set me off in not a very pleasant way as our Liturgy began outside with the blessing of the palms and reading of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem and then our procession of palms into the Church. Despite that the Mass was quite beautiful and all went smoothly.
However at our 5:00 PM Mass (we did not bless the palms outside, but inside the Church) I found out five minutes before the Mass was to begin that we had no cantor! So I had to scramble and tell the first reader to say the responsorial psalm and then I was going to sing the Lenten Gospel acclamation myself.
Well, the second reader hearing that the first reader read the psalm and we had no cantor thought that she should say the Gospel acclamation too, although I didn't ask her to do that.
So, after she reads the second reading, so looks at me and then immediately says "Alleluia, Alleluia" the people respond, she reads the verse and "Alleluia, Alleluia" again! I let out an unintentional groan and yes my microphone was on as I was preparing to sing the Lenten Acclamation! I was not a happy camper!
Today, Holy Wednesday, the lector who reads the Entrance Antiphon and asks the congregation to do so with him, had the missalette turned to the wrong Wednesday, Easter Week Wednesday and at the end of the Entrance Antiphon he said Alleluia! On Holy Wednesday!!!!!!
Why O lord?